Everything is one – We are all connected

I was in Nanaimo in late January to participate in the winter convocation ceremonies of Vancouver Island University.  This university offers a variety of certificate, diploma, undergraduate and master degree programs on campuses in Nanaimo, Powell River, Cowichan and Parksville-Qualicum.  Under the leadership of President Ralph Nilson, VIU is well known for having close cultural, […]

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The Pursuit of Excellence

2012 Canada Gairdner Awards

This week I attended the gala for the 2012 Canada Gairdner Awards held at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto. In the shadows of towering dinosaur skeletons and in front of an audience of the who’s who of health research, six international and one Canadian researcher were presented with their awards.

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The stuff of dreams

Dorothy Grant

I had the privilege this morning to meet Canada’s outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers. 27 of our nation’s best educators were in Ottawa as recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Their visit coincided with World Teachers’ Day which is held annually on October 5th.

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Lunch with Yves

Alain Beaudet, president of CIHR, and I had lunch today with Dr. Yves Joanette. Yves is the Scientific Director of one of CIHR’s thirteen Institutes, the Institute of Aging. In addition to serving as Scientific Director, Yves is also a professor at the Faculty of medicine of the Université de Montréal and Lab Director at the Research Center of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.

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